Weems Killed at WTC; Bingham on Doomed Flight 93

Weems Killed at WTC

William Weems, a freelance commercial producer, was among those killed in last week’s terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Weems, 46, of Marblehead, Mass., was one of 65 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 175, which left Logan International Airport in Boston, headed for Los Angeles. The airplane crashed into the center’s south tower.

Weems was to oversee a commercial shoot for the national Energy Star program as a freelance line producer for Picture Park, a Boston production company.

“When we couldn’t get Bill on a project, it was always a big dis appointment,” said Bill Drake, a creative director at Mullen. “This mild-mannered, sweet-hearted, gentle man always managed to introduce a special style of decorum and order into the ever-present chaos of televi sion production. Bill will be for ever missed and remembered by us all.”

Working for Picture Park, Weems also produced two previous Energy Star TV spots for Haggman Advertising.

“Producers can be difficult to work with, but [Bill Weems] was always professional and a team player,” said Emily Hagg man, evp and director of account services at Haggman.

Weems’ other recent projects included ads for Arnold clients American Legacy Foundation, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Tobacco Control Program, Ocean Spray and Volkswagen of America. He also worked on BJ’s Whole sale Club ads for Hagg man and a Tyco commercial for Bozell Kamstra.

Weems was a producer at September Productions in Bos ton, which moved to New York last year.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa, and their 7-year-old daughter, Zoe.

Bingham on Doomed Flight 93
Mark Bingham, president and founder of The Bingham Group, a public relations and marketing-communications agency, was among the 45 people killed last Tuesday when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Pittsburgh, Pa.

The flight originated at Newark International Airport in New Jersey and was bound for San Francisco.

The 31-year-old executive was one of a few passengers who called loved ones just minutes before the crash.

“Hi Mom … I love you very much,” Bingham told his mother, Alice Hoglan, according to ABCnews.com. “I’m calling you from the plane. We’ve been taken over. There are three men that say they have a bomb.”

It is believed that the male passengers on the flight attempted to thwart the hijackers, causing the plane to crash far from the intended targets in Washington, D.C.

The Bingham Group’s client roster includes 3 Com Executive Conference Program, Ad flight, Var Street.com, NetSanity, Tenrec and eframes.com. The com pany has offices in New York and San Francisco.

According to The Bingham Group’s Web site, www.thebinghamgroup.com, the company was slated to resume business today.

Bingham, a San Francisco resident, founded a gay rugby club, the San Francisco Fog, according to The Washington Post.

A memorial service had not been scheduled by press time, but details were expected to be posted as they became available on the company’s Web site.